The steelmaking process, where molten iron becomes solid steel, involves several stages of thermal and chemical treatment requiring a variety of refractory linings that are compatible with many application conditions.


These linings must have excellent resistance to steel and basic slag corrosion, as well as high thermal shock and oxidation resistance.


Saint-Gobain services this market with innovative refractories solutions that present high performances and contribute to enhanced steel quality.

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Flow Control

Crude steel production begins with the reduction process, where the iron ore reacts with carbon sources inside the blast furnace. The blast furnace requires different types of refractory products with resistance to thermo-mechanical and thermo-chemical reactions.
Continuous casting is the final process in which the steel is liquid, requiring the use of a series of specialized refractories that have an enormous influence on final steel quality.
These refractories are responsible for controlling flow rate, protecting steel from oxidation, facilitating inclusion flotation and ensuring a good flow pattern inside the mold.

Saint-Gobain Performance Ceramics & Refractories has recently begun working in partnership with a high-profile Japanese refractory supplier to deliver high quality and high performance flow control products.

Continuous Casting Products and Benefits

Product Characteristics Application Benefits
Alumina-Carbon Erosion resistance Steel ladle and Tundish Slide Gate plates Reliable and durable performance
Silica free Re-usable Ladle Shroud Double life campaign
Spinel head Erosion resistance Stopper rod Promotes stable flow and excellent closing
Carbonfree lining, Annular Step Anti clogging, even steel flow S.E.N. Improve steel quality, minimize down grade ratio due to inclusions


Can a refractory solution from Saint-Gobain Performance Ceramics & Refractories be responsive to changing flow control requirements?

Steelmaking operating and process conditions are highly dynamic, with changes naturally occurring over time.

During the flow control operation, technical staff from Saint-Gobain Performance Ceramics & Refractories and its Japanese technical partner work in partnership with customers to identify and anticipate changes that may be required to improve and optimize projects for future deliveries.

This guarantees that the project provided to the customer is regularly updated to ensure the best benefits and performance.

Can Saint-Gobain Performance Ceramics & Refractories develop custom refractory solutions for unique operating conditions?

Yes. Before proposing a refractory solution, a team of experienced engineers and specialists will work closely with the customer to ascertain their needs, operating conditions and requirements. Technical staff will visit customer plants if required, analyzing existing processes to precisely identify all requirements before presenting the customer with a suitable refractory solution.

What experience does Saint-Gobain Performance Ceramics & Refractories offer in relation to flow control solutions?

Saint-Gobain Performance Ceramics & Refractories has a long term partnership in place with a large, renowned and world-leading Japanese refractory company. This partnership results in unparalleled access to flow control expertise, guaranteeing the most advanced flow control equipment available.